Anaru Takurua was a demi-god in tha haka world.
He was a staunch advocate of things Māori and encouraged us all to cleave to Māoritanga as a pathway for our future.
He inculcated in me a sense of self and pride in Māori language and culture. He enshrined in us a love of our school, its traditions and the feats of the alumni. He also encouraged us to repay Māoridom for all the opportunites given to us through Te Aute College, by working for the betterment of Māori communities in all that we did.
Anaru Takurua passed away in 2002. I will never forget the impact he had on me and my life.